Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell

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National Geographic Books, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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Now in paperback--National Geographic Children's Books presents the award-winning photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell. This fascinating profile, named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, uses direct quotes to give readers a vivid insight into the life of a prolific inventor, driven to succeed.

With a foreword by Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Bell's great-grandson, Always Inventing features over 70 period photographs and drawings from Bell's notebooks.

From his first invention at age 11--a tool to clean husks from wheat kernels--to his patent of the hydrofoil 64 years later, Bell was always inventing. Bell was also one of the original founders of the National Geographic Society.

Awards include:
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People--NCSS/CBC
  • New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Best Book of the Year--School Library Journal

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A memorable tribute to a notably versatile inventor: From his first invention at age 11 to his last, 64 years later, Bell "recorded everything, sketched every idea, documented every experiment ... Read full review

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Neighbors came to find out what was crying “mama” at the Bell house as teenager Alexander and his brother Melly “used the larynx, or voice box, of a dead sheep to create a speaking machine.” Tom L ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Tom L. Matthews is the author of the National Geographic book Light Shining Through the Mist: A Photobiography of Dian Fossey. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College, New York.

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